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Ashbourne secures approval for Crossharbour District Centre in London

08 Oct 2012 (Last Updated October 8th, 2012 18:30)

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the UK has approved developer Ashbourne Beech's planning application for the £600m Crossharbour District Centre on the Isle of Dogs in east London.

Crossharbour District Centre in London

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets in the UK has approved developer Ashbourne Beech’s planning application for the £600m Crossharbour District Centre on the Isle of Dogs in east London.

Designed by architectural practice Broadway Malyan, the mixed-use scheme will feature a 150,000ft² supermarket, 130,000ft² of retail space and 10,000ft² of community space.

The scheme will also feature 850 residential units, of which 31% will be for affordable housing, a basement car park and public open spaces.

Plans also include a 770-space car park for shoppers and new residents, over 1,000 cycle-parking spaces and improved connections to public transport.

The development plan for the site has been primarily to relocate the ASDA superstore on the site from the south-western corner to the eastern side.

The planning application will now be referred to the Mayor of London for consideration.

After completion, the centre will improve connections to both Mudchute Park and Farm and Millwall Dock with new public squares, a new high street, children’s play areas, pocket parks and informal leisure areas, as well as creative landscaping.

Broadway Malyan director of architecture Geoff Brocklehurst said that the homes would be built above the retail space, with streets sloping gently up to the front doors.

"Residents will be able to walk up the hill rather than having to go up in lifts," Brocklehurst said.

A central residential tower, which will be built above retail space, would act like an Italian campanile, according to Brocklehurst

Construction work is expected to begin on site in 2013, after securing approval from the Mayor of London.


Image: The mixed-use scheme will feature a 150,000ft² supermarket and a 130,000ft² of retail space. Photo: Broadway Malyan.